At VielfaltMenü we always keep our food supply’s value-added chain in mind. And we do so to improve the quality of life of diners, partners and employees long term. We aim to provide children in schools and day care centres with top-quality school meals while also cultivating in them an appreciation of food. Because making healthy food choices is good for both people and the planet.
HEIKO HÖFER, Managing Director of VielfaltMenü GmbH
Short delivery routes are a matter of course at VielfaltMenü. We combine ingredients in as few orders as possible.
Our kitchens are certified organic according to the European Council Regulation 834/2007 (organic control system DE-ÖKO-070). Many of our recipes contain at least 50 per cent organic ingredients.
These are exclusively sourced from regional organic suppliers certified, for example, by Demeter, Bioland or Naturland. In particular, we procure organic fruit and vegetables, as well as dairy and potato products.
Whenever possible, we serve fish that’s MSC, GLOBALG.A.P. or ASC certified. In collaboration with the WWF, we’ve compiled a list of endangered species of fish.
As per the German Nutrition Society’s recommendations, fish appears on the menu at least once a week. Every two weeks, you’ll find fatty saltwater fish, such as mackerel, herring or salmon, on the menu.
At the core of our food services for schools: a well-thought-out waste management system along with measures to reduce inorganic waste. We avoid generating food waste when possible, and actively implement ways to reduce it even more.
We collaborate with Germany-based association ProVeg Deutschland in order to reach our common goal: reduce consumption of meat and cold cuts over the next few years. Through our lip-smacking dishes and cool hands-on activities, children learn that vegan and vegetarian dishes are healthy and delicious while also being kind to animals and the planet.
At industry conferences and other venues, we encourage designing dining halls and canteens to suit children’s needs. Concretely, we promote increased spending on school lunchroom design, so that children can relax and enjoy breaks in a welcoming environment.
Building raised beds has sparked a love of gardening in children at many day care centres and schools.
Beyond providing a source of fragrant herbs, delicious lettuce and other fresh vegetables for kids to enjoy, year after year, raised beds also teach children about seasonality and help them to appreciate food. Another positive side-effect: an outdoor classroom for science lessons.